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The Puerto Vallarta Institute of Culture announced the third edition of the Damajuana Raicilla Festival, to take place this weekend (March 15 – 17) at the esplanade of the Cuale Cultural Center and other secondary venues.

The event aims to promote this alcoholic beverage produced in the region and obtained from the agaves verde and lechuguilla.

In recent years, the popularity of raicilla has increased considerably among visitors to Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit. The festival is, therefore, a good opportunity to get to know its flavor, the culture revolving around this beverage and some of the local producers.

The activities of the event include lectures, talks, music and theater (in Spanish). For more information about the Damajuana Raicilla Festival, visit its official Facebook page.

Source: Vallarta Lifestyles

 

Last modified on Friday, 15 March 2019 18:49

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The Vallarta Garden Club will hold their next members meeting on Tuesday, March 12, with special guests Talit Leon Mantecon and David Erne speaking on the importance of bees.

Did you know that a large percentage of the food we consume each day relies on pollination, mainly by honeybees? Avocado, squash, cucumbers, citrus fruit and so much more are completely dependent on bees. Yet, honeybees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate. Why? What can be done to save them? How are they populated?

The Vallarta Garden Club is pleased to have Talit Leon Mantecon and David Erne speaking at our next meeting, set to be held at Incanto, Insurgentes #109 at the Rio Cuale, on Tuesday, March 12. Join us at 4:30 pm for Drinks with Friends, followed by their presentation, "Why Bees Matter," at 5:00 pm.

Talit Leon Mantecon is a professional beekeeper with a deep knowledge of the science of bees, particularly honeybees in Mexico. David Erne is a retired attorney from Milwaukee who has been a hobby beekeeper for almost 40 years. Last year, the two of them traveled to Tepic to secure the two hives that have been installed at the Vallarta Botanical Garden. Collectively, these two have a wealth of knowledge on this critical topic and will be our featured speakers at our next membership meeting. So, join us March 12 as we delve into the fascinating world of bees. See you there!

The Vallarta Garden Club is registered as a non-profit organization in Mexico. Annual dues are only $500 pesos for individuals or $750 for couples and are used to support the club's ongoing efforts to make Vallarta a more beautiful place. For more information, 'Friend' us on Facebook or visit vallartagardenclub.com.

Source: Banderas News

Last modified on Monday, 04 March 2019 16:51

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Vallarta Celtfest will be held on March 10th from 4 to 10 pm at Parque Lazaro Cardenas in Old Town. Vallarta Celtfest is a collaboration between Murphy’s Irish Pub and the Jay Sadler Project, combining great entertainment with a great charity to raise money for the many worthy JSP projects all around the Bay of Banderas.  

The mission of Vallarta Celtfest is to promote awareness and appreciation for Celtic Heritage, and to offer a grand event for both the tourists and locals of Vallarta.  Vallarta Celtfest is a celebration of Celtic traditional music, dance, food & beverage, and culture.

This is the 3rd year in a row for this event and is run by Jon Murphy, of Murphy’s Irish Pub.  During the previous two years Vallarta Celtfest the event was held on the Malecon in front of Murphy’s Irish Pub, but due to popular demand, the decision was made to move the venue to Lazaro Cardenas Park where larger crowds could be accommodated.   

Live entertainment line-up will be top notch this year including: The Guadalajara Trio (Irish Dancer with Fiddle and Uillean Pipes), La Trez Cuartoz , Dave Whitty from St. Johns Newfoundland, and Elk Run & Riot from Albert Canada. Additional sponsors for this event include: El Terrible Brewing, Los Muertos Brewing, and Los Mercados.

Also, on Wednesday, March 13th Murphy’s Irish Pub will be hosting a Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day for charity (Jay Sadler Project) event.  Traditional Corn Beef and Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, or Guinness Beef Stew will be served for the cost of $250 pesos.  Includes 1 premium drink (Guinness, Craft Beer, Wine, Bailey’s, Jameson, or Irish Coffee). 2 seating’s available: Noon to 3pm and 5pm to 8pm. Reservations encouraged (322 113 0373). Live music performed by Dave Whitty from St. Johns, Newfoundland.

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On Sunday, March 10th at 8:00 pm some of Puerto Vallarta's finest men will take the Teatro Vallarta stage to compete in 'What A Drag!' - PV's 5th annual drag competition for straight men - to raise money and awareness for victims of domestic violence.

What started out in 2015 as a fun way to raise money and awareness for victims of domestic violence in the Banderas Bay area has become the hottest ticket in town - and one of the most anticipated yearly events in Puerto Vallarta. And if you've ever attended, you know why. Every year a few brave men trade in their boots for high heels and get up on stage (in drag) to brazenly entertain the audience with their hilarious antics - all to raise money for the Banderas Bay Women's Shelter.

Each contestant has a Fairy Drag Mother to help them with costuming, makeup and talent, and 'Miss What a Drag' is selected by the audience. Watching these brave straight men bravely and brazenly vie for the 'Miss What A Drag' crown in a competition that includes talent - from hilarious skits to singing, dancing and lip-synching - to evening wear and racy Q & A rounds, is an experience you won't soon forget.

To date, 'What A Drag!' has sold-out every year, and has raised over $2.4 million pesos to support the shelter, which offers women and children who are victims of domestic violence with an immediate, temporary and safe living environment. This year, event organizers have set the goal at $1,000,000 pesos, and you can help them reach it by becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets, or both!

Teatro Vallarta is located in El Centro at Uruguay 184, just south of Ley's grocery store on the main street as you enter downtown. For more information, visit the What a Drag Vallarta Facebook event page.

Source: Banderas News

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In mid-february Solidaridad Ed Thomas AC (SETAC) presented the campaign "Let's talk about PrEP," which aims to educate the general population and promote awareness of the medical treatment that helps to prevent the transmission of HIV among the most vulnerable groups.

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) is a medical treatment that helps to prevent the acquisition of HIV, focused on the populations most exposed to the virus, as part of a combined prevention strategy, along with the use of condoms, medical monitoring, and periodic tests.

Prof. Francisco Javier Arjona, Director of SETAC, welcomed personalities from the health sector, local government, educational centers, and civil society. Among them were the ImPrEP teams from Brazil and Mexico City, led by Dr. Brenda Hoagland and Dr. Galileo Vargas respectively. (The "ImPrEP" project is an initiative funded by UNITAID of the United Nations.)

Prof. Arjona spoke of the challenges that arise when implementing a program of this type in a city like Puerto Vallarta because of the high mobility (both national and foreign people) the city has. Currently, the protocol has 83 PrEP users, and it's planned to reach approximately 300 users by the end of this year, of which 80% are Mexican users.

At the actual launch of the campaign, Prof. Arjona showed videos, posters, and graphics to promote PrEP to the general public. These materials can be accessed through thehablemosdeprep.com webpage.

Source: Banderas News